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Celebrating Red Hatting in Victoria (Australia)

High Tea (Kilmore) – 24th October 2018

Queen Janesca of the Rubies & Pearls of Kilmore invites you to join her at High Tea
on Wednesday 24th October at 11.30a.m. The venue is at Club Mandalay, Beveridge.
(Mandalay Golf Club). Cost is $18 per person.

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Serendipity Sisters 19th Birthday Celebration

The Serendipity Sisters of Geelong turned 10 on 2nd August.

60 Red Hat Sisters from various Victorian Chapters joined them at the Waurn Ponds Hotel, to help celebrate. Continue reading “Serendipity Sisters 19th Birthday Celebration”

Aussie Red Hat Day (Yan Yean) 25th July

Rubies & Pearls, Wandering Wenches & Merry Muck Ups

Would like to Invite you to join them to help celebrate.  It will be held at the Growling Frog golf course Donnybrook Rd. Yan Yean  25th July 12 Noon

EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!!!

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Queen’s Council 2018

Geelong – Bayside Belles

Chapter Name: Bayside Belles
Queen: Queen Suzy Q (Suzanne)

Our motto is “Where the fun starts and continues “

Contact: Phone: 0417385196 Email: suzanne.plunkett48@gmail.com

Echuca River Cruise – Nov 28th

Pre – Christmas Cruise at Echuca

You are invited to join with the Red Hatters of Wandering Wenches, Merry Muck-ups and Rubies & Pearls for a relaxing 2 course lunch and cruise on board the M.V. Mary Ann.

Date: Wednesday 28th November

Cost: $45.00 per person

Location: Riverboat dock, Watson Street, Echuca. Continue reading “Echuca River Cruise – Nov 28th”

Serendipity Sisters 10th Birthday – 2nd August

Serendipity Sisters Of Geelong Are turning 10!!

We’d love you to come and help us celebrate

Thurs 2nd August.  12.00 for 1.00 lunch

Waurn Ponds Hotel
1154 Princes Highway Waurn Ponds

EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!!!

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Daylesford – Sirens of the Spa

Chapter Name: Sirens of the Spa
Queen:  Helena

Contact:  Email: nakirben@gmail.com

Lake Charm – Ruby Red Charmers

Chapter Name: Ruby Red Charmers
Queen: Queen Christine

Membership: Open (Accepting new members)

Contact Chapter:  Ph: 0458 038 333   Email: cmhartin@bigpond.com.au

Garden Party – Jan 19th (Kilmore)

Ladies of the North invite you to a Garden Party with a 4 course Long Lunch in Kilmore on the 19th Jan 2019 at 11.30am.

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Lunch
Dessert
Fruit & Cheese
Platters

Theme will be Flowers and Feathers.
Prize for Best Dressed.

Numbers are limited

Cost will be $30.00 p/p. BYO

To Confirm place $15.00 deposit required.
Full Payment by 9th January 2019

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Aussie Red Hat Day – Kilmore

To celebrate 16 years of Australian Red Hatting, Rubies and Pearls of Kilmore hosted a party on Thursday 27th July at Penny’s Restaurant in Kilmore. Penny’s is located in the heritage listed Old Kilmore Town Hall.

We had 54 ladies from various Victorian locations as well as from NSW. Each guest received a bracelet of rubies and pearls (faux) and a lapel badge commemorating the event. The bracelets were made by two of our ladies and the badges were made by Obsi (web mistress of Red Hats Victoria). But, of course, you are aware of the lovely contribution made to the day.

The room was very elegant with red sashes around each chair and fresh flowers as table centre pieces.

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Muckleford – Merry Muckups

Chapter Name: Merry Muckups
Queen: Jan Summerhayes

Contact: Ph:0418356244  Email: redbank39@bigpond.com

Drag Bingo – Fitzroy – 5th December

Come and join us for a hilarious (and a bit naughty) evening of Drag Bingo!

Hosted by the fabulous Jessica James and her special surprise guest, the bingo is rude, fun and easy to play.  If you’re not into bingo, you don’t have to play.  Just laugh along and enjoy the food and the show.

7pm (dinner first) at Mollies Bar & Diner – 103 Smith St, Fitzroy.

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Tumbarumba – Tumba Belles

Chapter Name: Tumba Belles
Queen: (Amanda)

Contact:  tumbabelles@gmail.com

The Wandering Wenches of Victoria

Chapter Name: The Wandering Wenches of Victoria
Queen: Queen Morgana (Rene)

We use the Bundoora Hotel Morning Melodies – first Monday in every month, as our regular meeting spot with lunch at Café Lucia afterwards.  This was decided on as we all come from different areas, including one from Ballarat. We meet nearly every week and our itinerary is as varied as we can make it.

Membership: Open (Accepting new members)

Contact Chapter:  Ph: 0413 526 508 Email: rene62@vic.chariot.net.au

 

Memories Thru The Ages Feb 2017

A fabulous weekend of fun and friendship at the Memories Thru The Ages Convention!

Starting off on Friday with a beach themed dinner.  With themed table decorations, live music and a beach photo booth!  There were some fabulous costumes on display including an amazing mermaid, Jellyfish hatted ladies, bikini-tshirt wearing ladies, old fashioned bathing suits and even a surfboard!

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2018 Queen’s Council – 5th May 2018

Hosted by Queen Travelot (Vivienne) of the Down Under Scarlett Belles.

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11am Saturday 5th May
Rear hall of the village Church 93 Canadian Bay Road Mt Eliza 3930

(Queen’s Council events are open to Queens, Vice Queens, Queen Mothers and potential Queens)

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Christmas fun with the Down Under Scarlett Belles

The Down Under Scarlett Belles had a fun concert for their end of year celebration as well as and a Christmas lunch at Crown Conservatory restaurant!

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Cruise on Lake Nagambie – 2016

Red hatters of Rubies & Pearls of Kilmore were host to 42 ladies from 7 Victorian chapters on a two hour cruise on Lake Nagambie. This was held on Thursday 24th November.

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Due to the huge success of the day, it is planned to be an annual event.

As each lady boarded the Nagambie Explorer vessel, she was presented with a specially prepared post card memento as well as a Christmas gift. Once on board we were given a “safety talk” by Captain Ron as well as him pointing out the well stocked bar. (Stocks were down when we disembarked!!!)

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The weather was mild and no rain. A number of ladies took the opportunity to climb up to the sundeck to take in the full view of the water and its’ surrounds.

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Lake Nagambie Cruise – 30th Nov 2017 – FULLY BOOKED

Rubies and Pearls of Kilmore
Invite all Red Hat Ladies to our 2nd Annual pre-Christmas Cruise on Lake Nagambie. $25 per person.  BYO Picnic lunch.

THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED !

Continue reading “Lake Nagambie Cruise – 30th Nov 2017 – FULLY BOOKED”

Annual Melbourne Picnic – 19th Nov 2017

Annual Melbourne Picnic.  Come and enjoy a lovely picnic in the park and meet up with other Hatters.  (This picnic will be held on the 3rd Sunday in November each year, so mark your calendars!)

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A Serendipties Day Out

Last month the Serendipity Sisters went to Portarlington, to fellow Serendipity Lady Lor-D-Lite’s (Lorraine) home. After a quick bite to eat, including the Red Velvet Cup Cakes with Purple Glitter Icing!! Lorraine’s hubby (Rod) took us for a burn around their town, on  his Honda Gold Star. We had such great fun, in fact I am pretty sure we will do it again!!  A couple of Serendipties declared after their ride ‘gotta get me one of them’!!

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Crowning of Our Queen – The Royal Ladies Of Riddells Creek

Sunday 23rd October. “The Royal Ladies Of Riddells Creek” chapter was formed. Noelene was Crowned “Queen Sapphire” & Julie was crowned “Vice Queen – Lady Of Jewels’. Queen Maureen & Pamela – Lady Laugh A Lot from The Borough Beauties of Greensborough performed the crowning. Several ladies joined the chapter as newly formed members. Thank you to all the ladies who attended.

I hope you all enjoyed the afternoon as much as I did organising it. We have much more planning & fun to have in the future.
Cheers
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Bra Hats

“Bra Hats”?  Yes!  What better way to embrace the fun and sillyness of the RHS by making a hat from a bra!

I’ve yet to find a good step by step tutorial that describes how to do it, but here are some tips, links and photo inspiration to help you.

Making a Bra Hat

  1. Start with a bra – I’d recommend choosing a push up bra with a padded cup in red (or pink), so you don’t need to cover it.
  2. Place the centre of the cups on your forehead where you’d like to wear the hat, and mark how far along the chest straps you need to cut for them to meet at the back of your head.
  3. Leaving a seam allowance – cut the ends off the chest straps and sew them together.
  4. Cut the shoulder straps off.
  5. You can stop now and decorate the hat, or you can do a few more steps
  6. (optional) sew/glue boning from the bottom of the centre of one cup to the opposite side of the band, and again on the other side – forming a cross over the crown of the head.  This helps keep any soft cups looking good, and also gives you a frame onto which you can weave feather boas.  You could use pipe cleaners if you wish.
  7. (optional) If your cups need extra padding to keep their shape, take some stuffing and fill your bra cups, then sew fabric over the top to keep it in place.
  8. Add bling and adornments to make your bra into a fabulous hat!

 

Tutorials (of sorts)

http://www.ehow.com/how_7715673_instructions-hat-made-bras.html
http://cccrittenden.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/red-hatters-create-red-bra-hats.html

Inspiration

 

More photos –

https://au.pinterest.com/polarbear4488/bra-hats/ 

http://www.orgsites.com/al/southernflames/_pgg1.php3

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RedHatsVictoria/permalink/684059708467490/

Golden Gadabouts meet Marilyn 2016

It was a cold and wet day but the Golden Gadabouts had a great time having our picture taken with Marilyn Munroe when she visited Bendigo.

We attracted quite a few on lookers asking about who we were and wanting to take our picture as well. Afterwards we went to the Dumpling House for lunch.

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Aussie Red Hat Day 2016

Rubies and Pearls of Kilmore were hosts to ladies of the Bendigo Golden Gadabouts and the Meadow Larks from Meadow Heights to celebrate the birthday of Red Hatting in Australia on Monday 25th July. Rubies and Pearls arranged a luncheon for all the ladies at Hogan’s Hotel at Wallan where they were wined, dined and entertained.
Vice Queen Kerry of Rubies and Pearls used her amazing culinary skills to produce the delicious cup cakes which were displayed on tiered plates. Our guests were happy to enjoy these delights after the luncheon.

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Riddells Creek – The Royal Ladies Of Riddells Creek

Chapter Name: The Royal Ladies Of Riddells Creek
Queen: Queen Sapphire

Membership: Open (Accepting new members)

Contact Chapter:  Ph: 0401000972 Email: riddellroyals@gmail.com

Holbrook NSW – Natter Hatters

Chapter Name: Natter Hatters
Queen: Queen Ella

Membership: Open (Accepting new members)

Contact Chapter: Email: gabriellabee13@hotmail.com

Restaurant Bill Slips

Sometimes when you go out for a meal with a group of people the venue won’t do “Split Bills” (where each person can pay for their food separately). This can make it difficult for everyone to pay the bill at the end.

Using these bills slips when everyone is deciding what to order, means that the ladies can mark down what they will order and the price – so that they know how much their portion of the bill comes to, including all drinks and extras.

Available as a sheet of 6 (includes entree)  or a sheet of 9 (no entree).  Click the image to download a printable file.

(or feel free to make your own)

Red Hatter Songbook

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Download Red Hatter Songbook

This song book contains a selection of songs that have been re-written to give them Red Hatter themed lyrics.  The original song name is in brackets, to let you know the tune of the song.

This songbook was created using songs that have been passed around online.  No authors are known for these songs, and it is being shared here in the spirit of fun and sharing of resources.

This songbook was created in A4 size, so printing to that size will give you 12 pages of large text to make it easier to read.  Or you can select to print it as a smaller (handbag size) A5 size booklet (instructions below).

Continue reading “Red Hatter Songbook”

Red Hatter Songs

These are songs that have been created by substituting normal lyrics with Hatter themes ones. The tunes are listed below the song name. Authors are unknown.

You can also download a printable songbook that contains these songs.

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Click here to download the Songbook (also includes printing instructions)

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We Are Wearing Our Red Hats
(Tune: Take Me Out to the Ball Game)

We are wearing our red hat
Purple dresses we sport
Strutting our stuff with the other chicks
Having a ball as our colours we mix.
Oh and we will play our kazoos loud
We don’t care what folks say
For it’s good times now that we have
On our Red Hat Day!

For She’s a Jolly Red Hatter
(Tune: For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)

For she’s a jolly red hatter, for she’s a jolly red hatter
For her please raise a loud clatter, or play upon your kazoo

On your kazoo, KAZOO, and cheer her proudly, too,
For she’s a jolly red hatter, so cheer her proudly, too.

We won’t be home until morning, we won’t be home until morning–
Yes, bedtime we are all scorning. Red Hatters always do.

Red Hatters always do, Red Hatters always do
Red Hatters heed this warning – No bedtime before two!

Red Hat Rounds #1
(Tune : Frere Jacques)

Come, Red Hatters. Come Red Hatters.
Hear our call. Hear our call!
Joy to all we’re bringing, with our raucous singing
Have a ball! Have a ball!

Red Hat Rounds #2
(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Red Hats must be seen, what else are they for?
In red hats and purple gowns, life is not a bore.

Red Hat Rounds #3
(Tune: Oh How Lovely is the Evening)

Oh how friendly are Red Hatters, are Red Hatters
When they gather, all that matters to Red Hatters
Is fun, such fun, much fun.

Red Hat Rounds #4
(Tune: Down at the Station)

With our purple PJ.’s on, at our monthly brunch
Hear Red Hatters singing, golly what a bunch
We’re here to see the Queen Mum and the Vice Mum too
Give them both a loud cheer, before we start to munch
Yes, give them both a loud cheer, before we start to munch.

God Save The Red Hat Queen
(Tune: God Save the Queen)

United do we stand,
Our ladies hand-in-hand
God save The Queen.

Our hearts are tried and true.
Our hats are red, not blue,
Our dress is purple too,
God Save The Queen

Our power will they dread
When they see hats of red
God save The Queen.

As we stand hand-in-hand
Across our wondrous land,
In purple shall we stand.
God Save The Queen.

Red Hats, Red Hats
(Tune: Daisy, Daisy)

Red Hat, Red Hat, Red Hat Society
We get together for fun and frivolity
We don’t hold monthly meetings
But we specialise in eating,
And we all have fun, each and every one
On our outings, wherever they be.

Red Hats, Red Hats, we wear every time we meet
With purple dresses, our colours for all to see,
We wear our colours so proudly, is the order of the day
Dressed in our best, we outshine the rest
So here’s to us, lets all shout, Hooray!

Red and Purple Favourites
(Tune: My Favourite Things)

Red shoes and purses and boas with feathers
Purple ensembles to wear in all weathers
Earrings that sparkle, and big diamond rings
These are a few of our favourite things.

Tulle covered red hats and red hats with veiling
Curvy red visors and red hats for sailing
Red hats of cotton all crocheted from string
These are a few of our favourite things.

We’re all Red Hats
Yes, the Red Hats
Loving life, not sad
And while we are wearing our favourite things
We truly all feel so glad!

Red hats with wide brims and red hats with roses,
Red hats with ribbons and red hats with posies,
Bonnets we keep on by tying their strings
These are a few of our favourite things.

Red hats with sequins or long trailing feathers,
Red hats of velvet and hats of red leather,
Neat hats and chic hats, the smiles that they bring
These are a few of our favourite things.

We’re all Red Hats
Yes, the Red Hats
Loving life, not sad
And while we are wearing our favorite things
We truly all feel so glad!

You Are My Red Hat
(Tune: You Are My Sunshine)

You are my red hat, my lovely red hat,
And with my purple clothes you are wild.
It’s well known that you’re such a show hat
And you make me feel so beguiled.

You were in a corner, a dusty corner
Of that thrift shop I adore
I grabbed you right up, I bought you quickly
And I marched right out the door.

You are my red hat, my only red hat
And I’ll wear you without fear
You’ll never look like I don’t adore you
I’ll always decorate you dear.

I’ll use red feathers, and purple baubles
And put big flowers in your brim
Pins will adorn you and veils won’t daunt you,
Upon my crown you won’t look grim.

‘Cause you’re my red hat, my lovely red hat,
And with my purple clothes you’re wild.
It’s well known that you’re such a show hat
And you make me feel so beguiled.

In Our Red Hats We’re Beguiling
(Tune: When You’re Smiling)

In our red hats, we’re beguiling
And we’re pert in purple, too.

In our red hats, we’ll be smiling
And when you see us, you’ll smile, too.

We’re at an age when we do as we choose–
You must agree that we’re real piperoos

It’s not hat styling, that keeps us smiling
It’s the smiles that come from YOU

Red Hat Woman
(Tune: I Am Woman)

I am woman, hear me roar
As I put my hat on going out the door.
It’s red as red can be
And when I wear it, I’m filled with glee!

My purple outfit may be a little tight
But I think it fits me just right.
My other accessories I do don
You’d think a fairy princess touched me with her wand.

When I meet my other Red Hatters to shop and dine
We all look so perfectly fine!
We have fun and giggle a lot,
And when we walk down the street, people stop and watch.

Oh, how grand this is for us
That we’ve learned laughter is a must!
And so I say to you dear Red Hatters
In life, friendship and fun,
That’s what matters!

There is a Tavern in the Town
(Tune – same)

There is a tavern in the town, in the town
Where red hatters sit them down, sit them down
And drink their wine as merry as can be
While other chapters sip their tea.

When the time comes we sadly leave it,
You will surely will not believe it
Though you know that even best of friends
Must part, must part.

Adieu, kind friends, I say, adieu, yes adieu.
Red Hatters now are leaving you, leaving you.
Do not cry or pine or even weep or frown
We’ll all meet at more hoots, farther down.

Let Me Wear Your Red Hat
(Tune: Let Me Call You Sweetheart)

Let me wear your red hat and your purple gown, too.
I’d like to be a Red Hat lady, just like you.
Fling that boa ‘round my neck and add some pearls
Let me join the fun crowd like your Red Hat girls!

You keep the whole world happy with the things you do.
No one in a Red Hat group is ever blue.
To the other sisters you are always true.
If I could wear a red hat I’d be true blue, too!

Yes, We Have No More Red Hats
(Tune: Yes, We Have No Bananas)

Yes, we have no more red hats,
We have no more red hats for you.
We wish we had some more red hats
But here’s what we can do for you:
We have white hats and gray hats and green hats and blue.
We’ve ecru and puce hats and yellow ones, too
But Wait! I found one more red hat—the one I’ve been saving for you!

Red Hats Sailing Toward Me
(Tune: Blue Skies)

Red hats sailing toward me,
Nothing but red hats do I see.
Sleek gowns, purple display
Worn by red hatters, now at play.

On this purple sea, red hats in a fleet
Bobbing along, to our own beat
All the sailors shout when we come about
“Red Hatters, dear, drop anchor here.

Oh, red hats, it’s you we adore
No one could love, Red Hatters more!”

Purple Dress, Red Hat, Too
(Tune: Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue)

Purple dress, red hat too,
Oh, what those red hats can do
When worn by our Red Hatter gals.

At your whim, twist the brim
Add a veil and feathered trim
Wear rhinestone jewels and lots of pearls

Then you go, out the door, for fun galore
Out for lunch, brekky or brunch
No matter where, people will stare

You pass by, people sigh.
This is fun, you just can’t buy.
This is what wearing red hats can do.

In My Cute Red Bonnet
(Tune: In Your Easter Bonnet)

In my cute red bonnet, with pretty ribbons on it,
I’ll be one of the many, in the red hat parade.

All of us in purple, we form a friendship circle,
And have a great time smiling, in the red hat parade.

In a coffee shop or a shopping spree,
We laugh and do lunch, and know we are all we wanted to be.

So,……. We can all wear purple, and join a happy circle
And be a grand dame lady in the red hat parade.

Free as the Breeze Red Hats
(Tune: I’m As Free as the Breeze)

We’re as free as the breeze
Red Hatters can do whatever they please
And that’s exactly what we do
We’re free, as the breeze

Free to lounge around and be at ease,
And that’s exactly what we do
We can go for cocktails, lunch or teas
Though some are in our seventies

There’s no guilt when we’re done!
We live a life of fun.
Free, no one’s more free than we
And free’s the way, we always want to be
To do the things, we want to do.

Red Hats in the Sunset
(Tune: Red Sails in the Sunset)

Red hats in the sunset, red hats in the dark,
Red hats on parade and red hats in the park.

Love those bold red hatters
In their purple attire,
Love purple pajamas
But red hats set me on fire

Red hats in the sunset, put one on my head,
And it’ll still be there until I drop dead.

Hat of My Hats
(Tune: Heart of My Heart)

Hat of my hats, I love what you stand for.
Hat of my hats, you’ve opened many a door.

When we walk out in gaudy purple gowns,
We are rough and ready gals
We’re all good friends, we’re really pals.

And, hat of my hats, you’ve made me great new friends
To you I say, “Congrats! With those flowers on you,
And purple bows upon you
You make my heart sing:
“Hat of my hats!”

Red Hat Ladies
(Tune: Bye Bye Blackbird)

Purple outfits and red hats, We’re a going’ where it’s at,
Red Hat Ladies.
We’re fun lovin’ senior gals, and we are the best of pals, Red Hat Ladies

When you see us smile and say “hello there”,
Funny jokes and laughter, that’s what we share.
Every time we go to lunch, We can’t wait to see the bunch of Red Hat Ladies. Red Hat Ladies.

Hatter Pledges / Vows

These are several examples of pledges/vows a new member or REDuating member can say during a ceremony.  Authors are unknown.  You can tailor these to your own needs.

Pledge Example #1

“I solemnly swear that I will greet middle age with verve, humour and élan.
I will take my silliness seriously as it is the comic relief of life in the spirit of friendship and sisterhood.
I join my red/pink hat sisters as we go for the gusto together.
And beneath the frivolity we will share a bond of affection, common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for life and living.”

Pledge Example #2

“We do solemnly promise on our red hats,
That we will do our best to uphold the spirit
Of the ……..(name of the group/chapter) and Red hatting.
And proudly wear the colours – purple outfits and red hats, at all our functions.
And never take our hats off, even though it gives us hat hair.”

Pledge Example #3

“I, ……. pledge to have fun, and only fun with the …….. Red hat group/chapter.
I offer friendship to my Red Hat sisters and respect the ideals of the society.
I will wear my full regalia of purple (lavender) outfit with my red (pink) hat to all chapter gatherings”

Pledge Example #4

“I,…… not solemnly, but with a silly grin, pledge on to uphold the spirit of Red hatting and have fun while participating with my Red Hat sisters.
I will proudly wear my regalia of purple/lavender outfit with my red/pink hat and will participate and give all that I can with my red heart.”

Pledge Example #5

“I……. pledge to wear my colours proudly, never be ashamed of having fun,
And show my spirit of adventure at dressing up and trying something new.
I will forget the troubles of the outside world and turn back the hand of time and reach inside for the little girl within me.
I will laugh, giggle and enjoy in play and treat all fellow Red hatters with hattitude and show honour amongst my hatter sisters.”

Pledge Example #6

“I… being of somewhat sound mind, and desiring to have more fun in the prime of my life, do solemnly swear to uphold the ideals of the RHS, as soon as I figure out what they are.”

Pledge Example #7

“I,_____ , not solemnly but with a silly grin, pledge on my red/pink hat to have fun, and only fun, with ________. I will uphold the spirit by proudly wearing to all gatherings the full regalia of a purple/lavender outfit with an accompanying red/pink hat, even if I look horrific in purple/lavender. I promise to never take off my hat at gatherings, even though it gives me hat hair. I will do more than just belong. I will participate and give all that I can with my red heart. I will be more than friendly, I will be a friend in sisterhood to all the Hatters.”

Pledge Example #8

“I vow to embrace this time in my life as the beginning of the best.
I will reserve at least one day of each month for me.
I accept chocolate as a main food group.
I consider dessert as the main course of a meal.
I will do my best not to take life too seriously.
I choose to laugh as often as possible.
I believe that fun is an essential in life.
I welcome the Red Hat adventures that await me.
I accept the friendships that are around me.
I will be a dedicated Red hatter!”

Pledge Example #9

“Do you solemnly promise on your red hat, that you will do your best, to uphold the spirit of ___{chapter name}___ and The Red Hat Society

and proudly wear the colours at all our functions and never take your hat off, even though it gives you hat hair?
Do you agree to deal with growing more mature with humour and to take our foolishness seriously?

Do you promise to speak only of pleasant subjects at ___{chapter name}____ gatherings?

Do you promise to learn to play your kazoo in the proper manner, or at least learn Happy Birthday?

Do you join in the spirit of friendship & sisterhood as we bond together affectionately, by common, been there, done that & with real enthusiasm for whatever comes next?”

Pledge Example #10

“I, _________________________, A royal subject of the of the red hat society, do hereby pledge:
To wear my hatter colours proudly.
To never be ashamed of having fun.
To show my spirit of adventure at dress-ups by trying something new.
To forget the troubles of the “outside” world during dress-ups.
To turn back time and reach for the little girl inside of me.
To giggle, laugh, dress-up, and play.
To treat not only my chapter, but all other chapters of the red hat society with hattitude that shows honor among all my hatter sisters.”

Friendship Ball

Find a Christmas decoration ball that has a hinged opening or somehow comes apart. Inside place the Friendship ball poem (below) and a small item such as a pair of earrings, a pair of gloves etc. This ball is given to a member who can keep the item inside and add a new one for the next person. They bring the ball with the new treasure inside to the next gathering and pass it on.

The Friendship Ball

A ball is a circle,
No beginning, no end.
It keeps us together.

Like our Circle of Friends.
But the treasure inside, for you to see
is the treasure of friendship

You’ve granted to me.
Today I pass the friendship ball
to you.

Pass it on to someone who is a friend to you.